Welcome to a brand new Irish Deaf Hub...
Irish Deaf Hub (IDH) is a new Deaf online service. It is an independent website, which will provide the
comprehensive information about the Deaf community in Ireland and abroad.
It is aimed to generate a better understanding of the Deaf community from the cultural and linguistic
perspective and provide a shared knowledge of Irish Deaf community as wide as possible. It
will enable the hearing population to accept and embrace the culture and language of the Deaf
community, particularly with Irish Sign Language (ISL).
The Deaf community is an endangered group with the prevailing threat of the medical and education
intervention. It is not a challenge to cochlear implant or education mainstream but to challenge on how
they are conducted and implemented. It is important for Deaf adults and children with cochlear Implant
and Deaf children in mainstream school to be part of the Deaf community as much as being part of
the hearing world.
The Irish Deaf Hub will increase cohesion of the Deaf community with the hearing world. It will create
harmony within the Deaf community and facilitate all Deaf people, with or without cochlear implant and
whether they are attending (or attended) Deaf schools and mainstream schools, to be part of the Deaf
community and uphold the status of ISL.
The Irish Deaf Hub will feature the following:
Events, News, Sports, Jobs, History, Health, Insights to the Deaf community and more…
The Irish Deaf Hub has been created by Kevin Stanley. He has an extensive experience, not only in the
Deaf community but also in the non-governmental organisation (NGO) for almost 30 years. He set up
The Inclusive Enterprises in 2010 to manage online service, research, project, education and fundraising,
particularly with the grants, having raised €120,000 through 25 grant projects for seven different groups.
He previously served in the Irish Deaf Society for 15 years, which he has transformed the IDS
from its humble ad-hoc voluntary group to a professional NGO, through strategic and management
development, fundraising (€5 million) and established projects including Deaforward, Deaf Adult
Literacy Services, Deaf Access to Learning English, Summerfest and ISL Academy.
He also established the Irish Deaf Youth Association in 1986, which is still going strong. He worked
in the Revenue Commissioners for 13 years. Currently, he is the Secretary of the Catholic Institute
for Deaf People and Leinster Deaf Sports Council, Assistant Secretary with Deaf Heritage Centre and
Vice-Chair of the Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency